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JCI Penticton is hosting its first-ever beach volleyball tournament at Penticton Peach Festival from Aug. 5 to 6. (NEWS file photo)

‘Bump, set, spike’ beach volleyball tournament set for Penticton Peach Festival

JCI Penticton is hosting the first annual tournament from Aug. 5 to 6

The Similkameen Trail Society is hosting a Victoria Day bike ride this long weekend. (Contributed)

Similkameen Trail Society hosting Victoria Day ride

The bike ride will travel the new trail and starts at 4 p.m.

The Oliver Fire Department is planning a 100-year birthday celebration on July 9. (Oliver Fire)

100-year birthday bash planned for Oliver Fire Department this summer

Canadian country music group Tanner Olsen Band will headline the festivities

The Oliver Fire Department is planning a 100-year birthday celebration on July 9. (Oliver Fire)
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MP Albas gives shout out to Okanagan Forest Task Force for cleaning up backcountry

Kane Blake and the rest of the task force were publicly thanked by MP Dan Albas

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Vernon’s Dyra Pridham is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree and will give the valedictory address at Ceremony 2 at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Prince George campus on May 27, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vernon mother caps off educational journey as UNBC valedictorian

Dyra Pridham excelled in her MBA studies years after starting a family, proof that there are plenty of paths to get to success

Vernon’s Dyra Pridham is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree and will give the valedictory address at Ceremony 2 at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Prince George campus on May 27, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Event will be held June 4.

Celebrate the animals with the Okanagan Humane Society

The Okanagan Humane Society hosts a night for the animals on June 4 in Kelowna

Event will be held June 4.
The South Okanagan Roller Derby Association is hosting a two-hour event at Penticton’s Peach Festival on August 6. (Photo- Courtesy of the Penticton Pistoleras)

Local derby skaters rolling into Penticton Peach Festival this summer

The South Okanagan Roller Derby Association will host a two-hour event at the festival on Aug. 6

The South Okanagan Roller Derby Association is hosting a two-hour event at Penticton’s Peach Festival on August 6. (Photo- Courtesy of the Penticton Pistoleras)
The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. British Columbia had provincial prohibition of alcoholic beverages from 1917 to 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Winery donates tasting fees to Summerland Museum

Museum has provided Back Door Winery with information about prohibition era in Canada

The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. British Columbia had provincial prohibition of alcoholic beverages from 1917 to 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The Salvation Army in Penticton is hoping to recruit volunteers at an opening open house on June 10. (Western News file photo)

A nearly 70 % loss of volunteers drives Penticton Salvation Army to host open house

The non-profit organization is on the search for volunteers, will open doors for job fair on June 10

The Salvation Army in Penticton is hoping to recruit volunteers at an opening open house on June 10. (Western News file photo)
Most Summerland festivals did not happen in 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Summerland Farmers Market proceeded each Sunday during the summer and fall, and the Summerland Fall Fair had displays set up in late September. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Fall Fair planned for Sept. 10

Event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back in 2021

Most Summerland festivals did not happen in 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Summerland Farmers Market proceeded each Sunday during the summer and fall, and the Summerland Fall Fair had displays set up in late September. (Summerland Review file photo)
Skaha Bluffs will be hosting a climbing festival May 28 and 29. (Photo by Dave Mai/DM Productions)

Skaha Climbers Festival auction to support of park watcher program

The program finds work for individuals with barriers to employment

Skaha Bluffs will be hosting a climbing festival May 28 and 29. (Photo by Dave Mai/DM Productions)
The Okanagan Gleaners, pictured here at work in 2017 putting together food for deliver, is one of several charities being recognized and highlighted by the Oliver Tourism Association in their newest campaign. (Submitted)

Oliver campaign highlights local charities and businesses

The tourism association is hoping to bring awareness and support for the community

The Okanagan Gleaners, pictured here at work in 2017 putting together food for deliver, is one of several charities being recognized and highlighted by the Oliver Tourism Association in their newest campaign. (Submitted)
People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)
One of the new slab benches that have been installed in at the Grist Mill in Keremeos. (Grist Mill and Gardens photo)

Keremeos’ Grist Mill gearing up for packed summer season

An ‘insanely busy year’ is on the way for the heritage site

One of the new slab benches that have been installed in at the Grist Mill in Keremeos. (Grist Mill and Gardens photo)
The Okanagan Fest of Ale welcomed 2,500 people on Saturday, May 14, for its first event since 2019.

Thousands turn out for first-ever outdoor Fest of Ale in Penticton

The event returned from its two-year hiatus on Saturday, May 14, at Okanagan Lake Park

The Okanagan Fest of Ale welcomed 2,500 people on Saturday, May 14, for its first event since 2019.
Members from Valley First organized sensitive documents in a bin before placing them in the “shred truck.”

Thousands of documents shredded in Penticton in fight against identity theft

Donations for local food banks were accepted at the event outside the SOEC

Members from Valley First organized sensitive documents in a bin before placing them in the “shred truck.”
The Penticton Peach Festival float was awarded the Golden Apple at Wenatchee last weekend. (Submitted)

Penticton Peach Festival takes Golden Apple award in Wenatchee parade

The float is out on tour ahead of 2022’s Peach Festival

The Penticton Peach Festival float was awarded the Golden Apple at Wenatchee last weekend. (Submitted)
May 12 is the Moose Hide Campaign, a 10-year-old movement led by Indigenous men and boys to end violence against all women and children. Penticton Secondary students recognized the day for the first time on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Eva Koch)

‘Pen High Be Kind’: Local students campaign to end violence against women and children

‘No one deserves to be afraid,’ a pair of students displayed on a sign

May 12 is the Moose Hide Campaign, a 10-year-old movement led by Indigenous men and boys to end violence against all women and children. Penticton Secondary students recognized the day for the first time on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Eva Koch)
Ron MacLeod is part of the Dream Chopper competition. (Screen grab)

B.C. man needs votes to build dream motorcycle on Orange County Choppers

Ron MacLeod needs votes to build motorcycle with Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers T.V. fame

Ron MacLeod is part of the Dream Chopper competition. (Screen grab)